When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

20 January 2006

Site of the Day: Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances

Here's an important new organization that you might like to know about: Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances.

It's a group of politically active and aware people who are concerned about the excesses of the USA Patriot Act, and who don't buy the argument that it's necessary to destroy the Constitution to save America from terrorism. (Lieutenant Calley, call your office.) (Likely-inaccurate attribution redacted. See comment thread. -btc)
The continuing traumatic repercussions caused by the deplorable terrorist attacks of 9/11 has knocked our system of checks and balances askew. The words "national security" are being used, unwisely, as a catch-all to justify the ever-greater accumulation of power in the executive branch.

We face grave threats, yes. This new organization, Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances, stands foursquare with the American people and the administration against our enemies. We believe, however, that our political system is more than able to secure our safety and our liberties. We need not abandon the separation of powers, or the checks and balances that maintain that separation, to defeat the terrorists. Indeed, if we do abandon them, we will have handed them a victory of tragic and historic proportions.
Who's behind it? Oh, the usual mewling, puking, bedwetting left-wing nutjobs...

Like former Republican Congressman Bob Barr... Grover Norquist, the chairman of Americans for Tax Reform... the American Conservative Union... Gun Owners of America...

My goodness. Are those principled conservatives raising their concerns? Why, I do believe they are.

Finally, some signs of a healthy immune response in the American political system.

Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances


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